Univers Zero

Ceux Du Dehors
Univers Zero
Ceux Du Dehors
Sub Rosa’s stubbornly chronological Univers Zero reissue program alights at the French group’s spiky, Lovecraft-inspired third album, Ceux Du Dehors (1981), billing it as a “darker and more compelx version of the motorik minimalism of classical music contemporaries Philip Glass and Steve Reich.”  How’s that for HYPE?! But ok yeah..they’re not that far off the mark. I don’t exactly know the UZ catalogue inside out, but I CAN say I much prefer Ceux to the more revered Heresie LP. For all its amazing black-hole atmospherics, Heresie never quite broke free of its prog moorings - so much hallucinatory potential, but you’d never call it psychedelic, it’s too restless, there’s too much DOING (by the time the doors o’perception are ready to slide open, they’ve already lost patience and begun clawing at the windows). Anyway, on the similarly stygian, Lovecraft-inspired Ceux  they do a far better job of suppressing their natural proggers’ tendency to PLAY TOO MANY NOTES and/or change tempo every twenty seconds, and on occasion even allow themselves to settle into ebbing, hypnotic vamps that have a horizontal, almost ambient character. It's still pretty nerve-racking though...the sparse, gothic chord creep ’La Corne..’ is pure knifepoint-to-eyeball suspense, just great, and ‘La Tete du Corbeau’ conveys a similar sense of nameless night-stalking dread, its haughty melody striking a perfect classically-trained-but-mad-dog note somewhere between Gruppo and Coil’s thwarted themes for Hellraiser. So, so good. Everything you wanted from a ROI record but were afraid to ask for. 

£18.99